Clipper Motor Yachts, one of Australia’s leading builders of luxury motor cruisers, is close to launching a new European-inspired model range. The company says the new range “will position it at the forefront of the international long range luxury cruiser market.”

Developing the new range has involved months of intensive research, focus groups, one-on-one interviews with current and prospective owners and design workshops held in Australia, Asia and the USA. The new generation Clipper motor yacht range is finalised and will be unveiled internationally by the end of this year.

Clipper Motor Yachts’ Managing Director, Brett Thurley, said: “The company was about to progress to an exciting new era in its growth and development. We will always keep the core elements inherent in the Clipper DNA such as walk-around decks, semi-displacement- keel protected hull design, shaft drive diesel technology,  long-range economical cruising capacity and exemplary seakeeping ability. However, we have given the range a massive step change in styling and aesthetic direction for the future."

"This has been done,” he added, “at a visual, engineering and design level so the new generation of Clipper Motor Yachts, encompassing both flybridge, sedan bridge and sedan vessels will be cutting edge contemporary compared with the Clipper's of the past. Our heritage is in traditional, solid, trawler style long range cruisers and we have now modernised and taking that style of vessel to a completely new level of design and finish."

He pointed out that after several years of painstaking review, the company's strategy to evolve a complete new range came to a head when Clipper met and commissioned Patrizio Facheris Yacht and Product Design Studio based in Florida, USA.

Patrizio Facheris has more than 30 years industry experience and is renowned for its luxe design work on vessels ranging from tenders to state-of-the-art superyachts.

"Patrizio is the epitome of Italian design and flair and has been working with major USA and European builders and owners for more than 20 years so his expertise, passion for elegance in design and ability to achieve excellence is well recorded," said Thurley. "We met with him; showed him where we had come from, what we were currently producing  and where we wanted to head and then threw down the challenge for him to work with us  to design a range of models that would position us a leaders in our niche for years to come. Patrizio has a passion for our style of motor yacht and was really enthusiastic about being involved in pushing the boundaries of what we could achieve.

Thurley added: "We will be staging the international release of this ground breaking new range before the end of the year and we have already commissioned several of the new generation of boats, which we will have as boat show release vessels, to show our potential customers exactly how special this range is." He explained that the new range would encompass a sleek, European-styled sedan bridge Hudson Bay model with three versions being the 500S, the 540S and the flagship 640S.

In addition the same style vessel will be produced in a sedan version starting with the Hudson Bay 350 sedan cruiser. The jewel in  the crown of the new offering will be a range of exciting new Cordova Motor Yachts including the 50MY, the 55MY and the 65MY. These vessels will be true long range cruisers designed to tackle virtually any sea conditions and deliver their owners in safety and comfort no matter where their destination.